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We performed a comparison between Cisco SD-WAN and Nuage Networks based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco SD-WAN vs. Nuage Networks report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"As compared to the other major vendors in the SD-WAN market, such as VeloCloud, Cisco, and others, the tunnel-free and secure vector routing technology is its major USP, which gives plenty of room to discuss with the customer why IPSec from 1998 is a bit outdated."

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"The solution is good to use and easy to handle and manage from the centralized location or from the cloud.""It is very stable with very good firmware.""We would recommend this solution to customers looking to implement it on a global scale. We recommend the solution, not only because of the functionality or the technical support, but also because of the delivery of the solution, and the docking and upgrading capabilities.""The user experience is pretty good.""This solution comes with comprehensive technical support.""The most valuable features in Cisco SD-WAN are the QoS, AI, and simple interface for users to access.""The most valuable feature of Cisco SD-WAN is its compatibility and integration with the rest of the infrastructure.""I have found the performance and the Zero-Touch provisioning helpful which makes it easier for us to develop."

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"It has good reporting and analytics, that most people can understand without too much difficulty.""One of the most valuable features of this solution is network management. The customer is able to manage their network from home or we can also manage the whole customer network."

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Cons
"The UI of the SSR conductor is the main part where improvements can be done. Today, for every configuration step, you have to do a series of clicks. What we are missing there are wizards. For example, I have two applications, and I want one application to be prioritized against the other. In such a case, a wizard for assigning policies to a service without configuring each step by hand would be very helpful. There should be an overhaul of the GUI of the conductor. The functionality they have got in the Mist portal should be baked into the conductor itself. It would be really great, but as we all know, that won't happen."

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"They should enhance the reporting because, as it is today, they need more executive-level reports.""The security features could be improved.""The solution needs to be more flexible around legacy devices.""Cisco needs to improve the technical support for this solution.""We have found that their SD-WAN has a lot of scope for improvement.""Cisco SD-WAN is not as easy to deploy as the Meraki and FortiGate solutions. The zero-touch deployment could be a lot better. The deployment and initial setup are complicated and could be better.""I would like to see features related to security compliance, including a view of compliance with standards. With this, I should be able to do an audit of my network with SDWAN.""The technical support is a bit slow."

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"Security is an area that could use some work."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We are currently renegotiating the offer for the licenses and the license bundle model. The license for an ISP has to be different from the license for an end customer. This is something we are currently renegotiating with Juniper, but, of course, the pricing for the licensing is always an issue when you want to get more customers."
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  • "SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location."
  • "The costs are a bit on the high side."
  • "It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract."
  • "The license model is too complex with too many flavors and options. You might not be able to see it from an end user's point of view, but from a telco point of view, their license model is too complex. They should have a flexible license model. If you want to have good pricing, you need to buy it for a two-year, four-year, or five-year license immediately. Some other vendors have much more flexible license models."
  • "It is going to be on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs."
  • "It is expensive. The license limitation is there in terms of bandwidth. Basically, Cisco is always good in terms of performance and related things. However, if you want to have a license, for example, for 100 Mbps, they charge you because of their 100 Mbps. If you want to go without the license of 300 Mbps, it is a bandwidth license as well. This is not happening with other vendors. That is the reason why we moved away from Cisco. The bill gets a little bit high. I do remember that one time we were trying to increase the bandwidth for at least five devices, and the license got as high as 20-grand for five devices, only for the license. It was expensive for us at the time. Our company is not a big company, but it is a solid company. The price was very high, and we moved away from Cisco because of the price."
  • "The pricing of this solution is very expensive."
  • "Cisco's pricing is not entirely satisfactory when you compare the SD-WAN solutions in Asian markets — like the South Asian market in Sri Lanka — because there are several competing brands including Fortinet and Citrix, who provide much the same product for a generally lower price. And when it comes to firewall vendors like Palo Alto and SonicWall, they're also selling here. It's the same with VMware, too; they have much the same features."
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  • "The price of the solution could be more affordable. Customers want to use their own cheap connection and also do not want to pay too much for services from this solution, it becomes too expensive."
  • "I would say, from our cost perspective, they are extremely competitive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:As compared to the other major vendors in the SD-WAN market, such as VeloCloud, Cisco, and others, the tunnel-free and… more »
    Top Answer:We are currently renegotiating the offer for the licenses and the license bundle model. The license for an ISP has to be… more »
    Top Answer:The UI of the SSR conductor is the main part where improvements can be done. Today, for every configuration step, you… more »
    Top Answer:The solution has great scalability.
    Top Answer:The licensing cost is slightly on the higher side, but some of the customers are large, so they are willing to pay for… more »
    Top Answer:There's not much that should be improved, but the focus should be on the application side and more cloud applications… more »
    Top Answer:Nuage Networks is very, very competitive going up against other vendors such as Meraki, Viptela, Velocloud, or Versa. I… more »
    Top Answer:Security is an area that could use some work. When compared to Versa, it has full Layer Seven security built-in, whereas… more »
    Top Answer:It's a horizontal use case of replacing the WAN. Typically, they are replacing the MPLS. They are also trying to save… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    128T Networking Platform, 128 Technology SD-WAN
    Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
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    Overview

    The 128T Networking Platform (128T) natively provides network-based security, control, and insight across data centers, wide-area networks (WAN), and edge locations for enterprises, service providers, and cloud companies alike. 128T is reshaping the way organizations design, deploy, and operate real-world networks by making them dramatically simpler, smarter, and more secure — it’s going to fix the router — and ultimately the network — as we know it.

    Cisco SD-WAN is a software-defined WAN (wide area network) solution that provides for secure stable connections to applications for enterprises and organizations. Cisco SD-WAN works to speed up the seamless movement to the cloud. A very robust and reliable solution, Cisco SD-WAN is cutting-edge in threat security and stability of the complete network and has very low latency. Cisco SD-WAN uses Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), data centers, and even the internet to smoothly advance the move to a SASE (Service Access Service Edge)-based architecture. The Cisco SD-WAN dashboard gives you a complete visual of your entire infrastructure; you can see everything in real time. You will also have simplified IT operations and gain advanced network capabilities, dependability, and security. One valued feature is the overlay management protocol (OMP), which applies to your entire network to speedily connect all your company data centers. Cisco SD-WAN has a very flexible architecture and can be deployed on premises, in the cloud, hybrid, and even has multi-cloud options. Cisco SD-WAN instantly discovers, authenticates, and provisions all devices, both existing and new.

    Cisco SD-WAN simplifies the management of multiple connections across the WAN, improves the end-user experience, improves overall application functionality and performance, and is a very cost-effective solution. Cisco SD-WAN integrates well with Microsoft 365, Salesforce, and many other cloud-based business solutions. Additionally, Cisco SD-WAN optimizes connectivity and streamlines workflows for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure.

    Benefits of Cisco SD-WAN

    • Increased profitability - Cisco SD-WAN will improve performance and decrease overall connectivity costs.
    • Improved productivity - Cisco SD-WAN requires less staff to manage and secure the WANs so valuable resources can be allocated elsewhere in your organization, increasing total productivity.
    • Flexible scalability- Cisco SD-WAN’s flexible and easily scalable architecture will allow your organization to address significantly greater business opportunities, helping to consistently increase revenue.
    • Enhanced security - Cisco SD-WAN offers real-time policy enforcement, ensuring that downtime and unplanned outages are kept to a minimum.

    What real users have to say:

    Cisco SD-WAN is fast with lower costs: “Using SD-WAN to combine services can result in better up time, higher speeds, and much lower costs.”

    Cisco is a brand you can trust: “Cisco is an industry leader, so customers have a high level of trust with the brand - more so than with some newcomers that might have some more revolutionary solutions, but no name recognition.”

    Cisco SD-WAN offers load-balancing and real-time traffic monitoring: “Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.”

    Nuage Networks Virtualized Network Services (VNS) automate branch site connectivity and gives you deployment options for cloud integration and branch VPN services. Nuage Networks VNS offers a fresh approach to the enterprise WAN. It seamlessly links all your locations - regardless of size or geography - while reducing your need for customized networking. Nuage Networks VNS is based on an overlay model that can use any IP network to provide connectivity between sites. It gives maximum flexibility and enables to choose from multiple access or last-mile technologies, including copper, fiber and mobile broadband.

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    Sample Customers
    Revation Systems
    Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & Associates
    Produban
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government6%
    Retailer6%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider47%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Transportation Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Retailer7%
    Government5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco SD-WAN vs. Nuage Networks
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. Nuage Networks and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 50 reviews while Nuage Networks is ranked 9th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 2 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while Nuage Networks is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nuage Networks writes "Easy to use features, good support, and has the ability to maintain a session when you lose an uplink". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Versa FlexVNF, VMware SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN and VMware NSX, whereas Nuage Networks is most compared with Cisco ACI, VMware NSX, Meraki SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate and VMware SD-WAN. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Nuage Networks report.

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